Names In The News
49ers CEO JED YORK, who has been "locked in protracted squabbles with Santa Clara dating back to the construction of Levi's Stadium, has poured $317,125 into the campaign against a ballot measure the city's mayor and City Council majority are pushing." Ballot Measure C asks Santa Clara voters to "oppose a six-district council election system ordered by a judge" in '18 against the council majority's will. A "No on C" campaign committee formed last Monday and sponsored by York "reported receiving a $17,125 donation from him that same day and an additional $300,000 on Tuesday" (San Jose MERCURY NEWS, 2/8).
HONORS & AWARDS: Former NFLer MATTHEW CHERRY won an Academy Award last night for his animated short film "HAIR LOVE." Cherry "spent about three seasons in the NFL on the practice squads and rosters of several teams before walking away" in '07 (ESPN.com, 2/9).
NAMES: Ravens G BRADLEY BOZEMAN and his wife, NIKKI, are taking their anti-bully message "on the road for a 17-state RV tour, all the way to San Francisco and back to Baltimore by the end of March." At each stop, the Bozemans will visit a school where their message is simple: If an NFL lineman and a "confident college basketball standout felt the sting of bullying, anyone can ... and it's OK to talk about it" (BALTIMORE SUN, 2/8)....New NFL Panthers coach MATT RHULE was at Mavericks-Hornets on Saturday (THE DAILY)....Chiefs QB PATRICK MAHOMES and TE TRAVIS KELCE on Friday "checked into Aria" in Las Vegas, and "flooded the resort's mega-club" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 2/9)....MLB Commissioner Emeritus BUD SELIG "will sit down with" San Jose Earthquakes co-Owner and former A's Owner LEW WOLFF for a "conversation at Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos on Feb. 29." The two were fraternity brothers back at the Univ. of Wisconsin (San Jose MERCURY NEWS, 2/9).
IN MEMORY: Author ROGER KAHN died on Thursday in Mamaroneck, N.Y., at the age of 92. Kahn wrote 20 or so books, including a "portrait of the volatile but winning" '78 Yankees, a biography of boxer JACK DEMPSEY and a collaboration with PETE ROSE on his story, "published just months after Rose was banished from baseball." Kahn's "THE BOYS OF SUMMER," his '72 book about the Brooklyn Dodgers of the early '50s, "melded reportage, sentiment and sociology in a way that stamped baseball as a subject fit for serious writers and serious readers." That book was "as influential a baseball book as has been written in the last 50 years." Kahn "more or less created a new literary category: long-form narrative baseball reporting" (N.Y. TIMES, 2/8). The BOSTON GLOBE's Peter Abraham wrote Kahn's "personal narrative and ability to weave in the social issues of the time changed how baseball was written about" (BOSTON GLOBE, 2/9).